What methods are available for people to use to view images on the command line? I tried the accepted answer here but i got the error bash: fbi: command not found so I'm not quite sure what the problem is. I also tried this (first duck-duck-go result) but it gave me this when trying to install:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt-get install -y fim
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package fim

So how can i view images on the command line without the GUI?

This question has been marked as a duplicate of this question and i will admit that they are extremely similar however at the bottom of every question that has been closed as a duplicate (first result for duplicate:yes here) it says:

marked as duplicate by lenik, syb0rg, RPi Awesomeness, Impulss, Butters Mar 3 '14 at 20:12

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

I take that to mean if i see a question that is similar to my question but the answers do not work which is the case here i should ask a new one. therefore i do not believe that this should be closed.


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I use FBI, because FIM is no longer in the repository. You can install it with the command apt-get install fbi.

  • This seems to only work if you use <kbd> ctrl </kbd><kbd> alt </kbd><kbd> F-1 </kbd> and then the command. Can you use it in a 80 by 24 character terminal?
    – sir_ian
    Commented Jul 1, 2016 at 16:58

gpicview is a fast and simple image viewer.try this, navigate to the working directory, then type the following command.

gpicview example.jpg
  • gpicview is "A Simple and Fast Image Viewer for X" -- in fact it appears to be part of LXDE, the default Raspbian desktop. But the OP is explicitly looking for something which works outside of X (i.e., on the framebuffer).
    – goldilocks
    Commented Jun 25, 2016 at 17:06

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